Do ONE thing for emergency preparedness

Continuing in the tradition established by SAA and Heritage Preservation, FAIC encourages libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and preservation organizations to set aside May 1 to participate in MayDay. 

We hope your 2017 activities were a success. And remember - it's never too early to start preparing for next year!

Prize Drawing

Thank you to everyone who shared their 2017 MayDay activities with us! Congratulations to the six institutions who received gift certificates from Gaylord Archival:

Grand Prize - $250 Gift Certificate
Customs House Museum, Clarksville, TN

$100 Gift Certificate
Elkhart County Historical Museum, Bristol, IN

$100 Gift Certificate
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA

$50 Gift Certificate
UTEP Library, Special Collections, El Paso, Texas 

$50 Gift Certificate
Beaufort County Library, Beaufort, SC

$50 Gift Certificate
Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, Albuquerque, NM

Suggested Preparedness Activities

Disaster preparedness doesn’t have to be difficult! You can take simple steps throughout the year toward your goals. Why not start this MayDay? Here are some suggestions:

  • If you have a disaster plan, dust it off and bring it up to date.
  • If you don't have a plan, make a timeline for developing one.
  • Get to know your local firefighters and police. Invite them to tour your institution and give pointers on safety and preparedness. FAIC offers a poster outlining tips for working with emergency responders.
  • Identify the three biggest risks to your collection or building (such as a dust storm, leaking water pipe, heavy snow, or power failure) and outline steps to mitigate them. Use FAIC's tools for risk evaluation.
  • Evaluate your need for a priority contract with a disaster recovery firm.
  • Conduct a building evacuation drill and evaluate the results.
  • Eliminate hazards such as boxes and furniture in hallways, blocked fire exits, or improper storage of paints and solvents.
  • Identify and label priority collections and objects for evacuation during emergencies. Which are most important to your mission, irreplaceable, or most fragile?
  • Register for a free course to learn how your institution fits into existing emergency response protocols. A list is available here.


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Support the Emergency Fund!

In the spirit of action, you can do one thing today – donate -  in support of MayDay and the other vital emergency initiatives run by FAIC. 

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